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Stop Sex Trafficking in Tennessee

Every two minutes a child is trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation in the U.S. Learn more at

Sex Trafficking involves the slavery of children and women forced to perform sex acts at various locations across the state for the purpose of making money for their captors. Sex trafficking occurs when a for-profit sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion OR in which the person performing the for-profit sex act is under the age of 18.

Warning Signs

Recognize the signs of a human trafficking victim. She (or he) may:

  • Be in the presence of an overly controlling and abusive “boyfriend”
  • Tend not to look in the eyes or face of people, especially a “boyfriend”
  • Have injuries / signs of physical abuse or torture
  • Have signs of malnourishment
  • Have restricted or controlled communication
  • Appear fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous
  • Claim to be an adult although appearance suggests adolescent features
  • Lack identification documents (ID, birth certificate, Social Security card)
  • Possess evidence of different aliases and ages
  • Lack of knowledge of a given community or whereabouts
  • Frequently move from place to place
  • Claim to be "just visiting" and not be able to clarify addresses
  • Have few or no personal possessions
  • Have few or no personal financial records
  • Have inconsistencies in his or her story
  • Be inappropriately dressed
  • Exhibit irregular school attendance

If you have any suspicion a child is a sex trafficking victim - Take action now. Call the TN Human Trafficking Hotline, a 24 hour resource providing a confidential way for victims and/or witnesses to report instances of human trafficking or suspicious behavior so that victim scan get help.

Trafficking Hotline: 1-855-55-TNHTH


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